Artificial muscles have great scope in the world of robotics, automobiles, as well as aviation industry. A team of researchers working at MIT recently came up with one of the most cost-effective and simple systems that can develop these parts. The fundamental ingredient to this mix is a very ubiquitous and inexpensive material – the nylon fiber. The new approach focuses on heating and shaping of these synthetic fiber materials in a specific manner. The complete research and process has been published by Professor Ian Hunter and a doctoral student called Seyed Mirvakili.
Prior to this, researchers used a fundamental principle if twisting nylon filament to iterate the basic minear muscle activity. They explained that for a defined weight and size devices like these can be retracted and extended further, release and store energy, just like the natural fiber. Other functions like bending like human limbs and fingers have proved to be biggest hurdle that was yet to be crossed in a cost-effective and easy manner till the MIT team showed up.
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